WEST BLOOMFIELD (WWJ) – They were installed for safety reasons, but some drivers and officials in West Bloomfield say so-called “speed humps” are doing more harm than good.
The humps — which are much wider than traditional speed bumps — were installed by the Road Commission for Oakland Countyat Maple and Farmington roads in an attempt to slow traffic.
The project is part of a federal test to determine if speed humps can improve safety; but Township Supervisor Michelle Ureste says they definitely don’t.
“We’ve had numerous crashes on them, because they’re unexpected,” Ureste said, in an interview with Michigan Radio Network.
Generally, speed humps are 12 to 14 feet in length and span the width of the road. The Oakland Press reports these particular speed humps are three-inches in height, rising over a 3.5 foot distance, followed by a seven-foot flat area and dropping back down in a 3.5 foot distance, according West Bloomfield Township documents. The flat portions are where pedestrians can cross.
The county is pledging to remove them once the study is complete, which is expected to be before winter; but Ureste is skeptical. “I’m not sure if these speed calming devices are ever gonna leave,” she said.
Police Chief Michael Patton also reportedly opposed the installation of the humps.
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